WASHINGTON - Sen. David Vitter, R-La., who joined most members of the Louisiana congressional delegation in calling on President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval for military action in Syria, praised the president's commitment Saturday to do exactly that.
"I applaud President Obama for seeking explicit Congressional authorization regarding any strike on Syria, as so many of us had demanded," Vitter said. "This is the constitutional and the smart thing to do. I stand ready to return to Washington at any time.
Vitter didn't say how he'd vote on a resolution granting the president, as commander in chief, authority to institute limited military action in Syria. A few days ago, Vitter said he agreed with Secretary of State John Kerry that a limited military response was called for, though he insisted it should not include "boots on the ground."
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Lad, had taken a similar position, "The horrendous use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime is unconscionable," Landrieu said Wednesday. "Any intervention should not further involve the U.S. in the Syrian civil war but only prevent the use of chemical weapons. Should action be taken, it is important that President defines clear goals of an attack and consult with the Congress."
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, praised the president's decision to ask Congress to approve military intervention, but reserved judgment on how he'll vote.
"It is important that the President agreed to consult with Congress prior to taking military action in Syria," Scalise said.